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Common Council members sponsor award programs and contests to spur civic engagement and show appreciation for those who contribute much toward a better Milwaukee. The following are the current award programs and contests put forth by the Common Council:
Sponsored by the Historic Preservation Commission, the Common Council, and the Mayor, this award program recognizes individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions in the field of historic preservation and heritage education and advocacy in Milwaukee.
The Dr. James G. White 6th District Difference Makers Awards are intended for individuals or groups that work diligently to improve and strengthen the quality of life for themselves, their neighborhood, and the City of Milwaukee.
Frank P. Zeidler (1912-2006) spent his life as a public servant. Although he was best known as Milwaukee's mayor from 1948 to 1960, Zeidler served even longer in his unpaid capacities: as a civic activist, local historian, churchman, Socialist Party leader and conscience of the community. He was a tireless advocate for social justice and equal opportunity and a champion of mutual respect and cooperation as the keys to both world peace and civic unity. This honor is awarded annually, recognizing city residents who best exemplify Zeidler's legacy of social justice and civic accomplishment.
Velvalea Hortense Rodgers Phillips (1923-2018) was a Milwaukee native who became a leader in not only the African-American community but was a trailblazer and role model for all Milwaukeeans, for Wisconsin, and the nation. The Vel R. Phillips Trailblazer Award is bestowed annually recognizing female city residents who best exemplify Vel R. Phillips’ legacy of selfless service and trailblazing work to improve the quality of life for residents in Milwaukee.
This initiative was started by Alderwoman Milele Coggs to assist college bound, recent high school grads in the Milwaukee area to better understand where their paths lead. Two $500 scholarships are currently given out for the winning submissions. The contest is held each year during the summer months.
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